The football world suffered another loss in personnel, this time in English football. Tottenham Hotspur have announced the untimely death of their under-23 coach Ugo Ehiogu, who died at the age of 44. The club announced the news on Friday.
The club officially disclosed his death in an announcement saying: “It is with immense sadness that we announce the passing of Ugo Ehiogu.”
The ex-footballer and manager represented the English National team 4 times at senior level and was receiving treatment in hospital after collapsing at the club’s training ground headquarters in North London on Thursday.
Ugo Ehiogu plied his trade back in the day for Aston Villa and Middlesbrough and has been on Tottenham Hotspur’s coaching staff since 2014.
Tottenham’s head of coaching and player development John McDermott had some words to say about his demise: “Words cannot express the shock and sadness that we all feel at the Club.
“Ugo’s immense presence will be irreplaceable. Our heartfelt sympathies go out to his wife Gemma and his family.”
The club’s statement added: “Ugo received immediate treatment after suffering a cardiac arrest at the Training Centre yesterday (Thursday) before being transferred to hospital, where he passed away in the early hours of this morning.”
The English footballer made over 300 appearances in a nine-year spell at Villa, helping them to win the League cup in 1994 and 1996. Ehiogu made over 300 appearances in a nine-year stay with Villa, helping them win the League Cup in 1994 and 1996.
He left Villa and joined Boro in 2000, and continued in a seven-year spell, in which he won the League cup again in 2004
Ehiogu also played for West Bromwich Albion, Leeds, Glasgow Rangers and Sheffield United before retiring in 2009.
Aston Villa made their reaction to the news of his demise known through Twitter.
“We are deeply saddened to hear of the death of our former defender Ugo Ehiogu. Our thoughts are with his family at this terribly sad time.”